Charles James at corner for Giants?

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Paging all cornerbacks.

Heading into Sunday's game against Philadelphia, the Giants could be down three cornerbacks, leaving them with just three healthy corners.

The Giants may need to bring up a player from the practice squad, but the team had not made an official move as of Friday afternoon.

"That's an option," Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said. "That decision hasn't been made yet."

The Giants will be without Aaron Ross (back) and Jayron Hosley (hamstring), and starting cornerback Corey Webster (groin) is doubtful. That leaves them with just Prince Amukamara, Trumaine McBride and Terrell Thomas. Amukamara and McBride likely will start on the outside.

Big Blue has one cornerback on their practice squad in Charles James, and he's a candidate to be put on the 53-man roster. The Giants would have to make a roster move to activate him, though, and the team likely has one other roster move to make before possibly activating James.

Right guard Chris Snee (hip) has already been placed on season-ending injured reserve to make room for linebacker Jon Beason, who the team acquired from Carolina on Friday. Safety Will Hill is also eligible to return after missing the first four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. The Giants need to clear a roster spot for him by Saturday afternoon.

James may have a decent shot of being put on the roster, though, since only having three cornerbacks active for a game would leave the Giants very vulnerable if any of those players gets injured against the Eagles.

"If you're called upon you want to make the most of it and help the team any way I can," James said.

James, an undrafted rookie from Charleston Southern, didn't make the team's final roster coming out of training camp, but turned enough heads to stick with the practice squad. He's excited about potentially playing in his first game.

"It would be a big opportunity, "James said. "I've been through a lot just in my lifetime and God has been so good and has brought me through so much.

"It's been one of those things where I'd cherish it for the moment, but if I'm called upon and I break out of that locker room, it's all business and I'm trying to help the team win."

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Coughlin said he briefly mentioned to the players how the 1992 Chargers started the season 0-4 but rebounded to make the playoffs. They're the only team to do so.

Coughlin has reiterated to his team that despite its slow start, it could potentially just be one game out of first place on Sunday with a win.

"First thing Monday morning, I put the standings up there and we talked about it in our team meeting on Friday morning and reiterated where we were and where the division stood," Coughlin said. "Really what it boils down to is us. We can talk all we want. We have to play a lot better than we've been playing."